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    Stripping and recovering yacht ropes – when, where and why?

    Dyneema cover credit: Kohlhoff

     

    The majority of yacht ropes are double braid construction i.e. with a core and braided cover. The purpose of this cover is to protect the core from general chafe, abrasion and UV damage but also to provide grip and durability of the line on winches and in clutches. Yacht ropes are manufactured in a uniform construction, but customisation is relatively quick, easy and inexpensive and adds a whole new dimension to optimising your running rigging. In this article we look at why, when and where to use cover stripping and re-covering techniques to improve your running rigging systems.

    Sailboat Deck Organisers – Let’s get organised!

    Sailboat deck organisers. Credit Antal

    Credit: Antal

     

    Deck organisers are a key piece of sailing hardware, designed to lead / divert lines across the deck and they come in many shapes and sizes. In this blog we look at the options available and what factors might guide your product choice.

    FSE Robline Rope for Sale

    FSE Robline Rope for Sale

    Image Credit: All images are credit courtesy of Robline

    As active and enthusiastic professional sailors, FSE Robline pride themselves on creating ‘world class yachting ropes’. Designed with both cruising sailors and regatta sailors in mind, FSE are a global brand with a focus on innovative materials and designs. Upffront.com are very pleased to now have FSE Robline rope for sale on our website.

    Gottifredi Maffioli Cruising Lines Explained

    gm blogImage Credits: Gottifredi Maffioli

    Family run, Italian rope makers, Gottifredi Maffioli, have an international reputation as one of the leading brands across the full spectrum of yachting lines from Olympic class dinghies, grand-prix TP52s and mini-maxis to the largest superyachts.

    Armare Ropes: Local Ropemaker to America's Cup Supplier

    Armare Ropes for Sale - Giuseppe FincoGiuseppe Finco - Image Credit © Armare Ropes

    Despite being a small, family-run business, Armare Ropes are operating at the top of their game.

    Boasting five generations of knowledge, the traditional ropemaker has earned its place as a leading specialist, and is now proud to be the official Emirates Team New Zealand rope supplier.

    What makes Gottifredi Maffioli Superswift rope so super?

    Superswift boat rope

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    Superswift, from leading rope makers Gottifredi Maffioli, is a favorite among performance dinghy sailors and big boat sailors alike. When you take a closer look at the features of this versatile rope, it’s not difficult to see why...

    Dyneema® Braided Cover: The Latest Addition to Your Tool Kit


    Dyneema Cover
     
    Dyneema® is the strongest fibre in the world. 10 times stronger than steel, and 7 to 10 times lighter than a steel wire of equivalent size, Dyneema® is one of the most durable and sought-after materials on the sailing market.

    Would you trust Dyneema® with your lifelines?


    Dyneema Lifelines Gottifredi Maffioli Ultrawire

     

     

    Although often overlooked and forgotten, lifelines are one of the most critical safety components on our boats. Whilst they are something to lean against whilst cruising, or hiked from when racing, their most important role is to act as the last and final attempt to keep your crew member safely onboard your boat.

    Loop Products: An Introduction


    Loop Products Block

    Loop Products are a German firm who pride themselves on hard work and innovation. Formed in 2005, Loop Products is the brainchild of Kohlhoff GmbH – a deck hardware specialist and wholesaler of top brands since 1991.

    A Guide to Mooring Lines


    Robline Mooring Line

    Image Credit: FSE Robline

     

    What is a mooring line?

    Arguably, one of the most important pieces of kit onboard your boat is a mooring line; it’s all well and good having a great boat, but if you can’t safely secure it at the quay, harbour or pier then you’re in real trouble. 

    We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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